WEYMOUTH, MA – After dropping their first four matches of the season, which included contests against three teams ranked in the nation's top 30, the Brown women's tennis team (1-4) earned a 4-3 victory over Boston College on Thursday evening. The Bears dropped the doubles point, but came back to win four singles matches and earn the victory.
With five of the six singles matches decided in straight sets, the match came down to an extremely close decision at #5 singles, where freshman Jessica Harrow (Los Angeles, CA) outlasted Boston College's Olga Khmylev. After winning her first set, 7-6 (5), Harrow dropped the second set, 7-5. She then clinched Brown's first win with another tie-breaker, winning 7-6 (4) in the third.
After falling behind, 1-0, with the doubles point in BC's favor, the Bears went down, 2-0, with a loss at #1 singles. Freshman Ariel Caldwell (Atlanta, GA) got Brown on the board with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #6, while junior Cassandra Herzberg (Miami Beach, FL) tied the match at 2-2 with a win at #3 singles. Senior Bianca Aboubakare (Orange, CA) then gave Brown the lead, 3-2, with a victory at #2 singles (6-3, 6-3). Her win gave her 84 career singles wins, tying the Brown record, held by Saranga Sangakkara '99. BC claimed the match at #4 singles to tie the score at 3-3, setting up Harrow's clinching win.
In doubles action to start the match, BC won at #1 and #2, while Herzberg and Caldwell combined for an 8-4.
Brown continues action on Saturday, February 12, when it hosts Davidson in a 10:00 a.m. match. The match will be played at the Pizzitola Center Courts, which are now open after undergoing repairs to fix the membrane roof.
Brown 4, Boston College 3
#1 - Kellerher/Khmylev (BC) def. B. Aboubakare/Harrow (Brown) 8-4
#2 - Corning/Dixon (BC) def. Flanzer/Krasowski (Brown) 8-4
#3 - Caldwell/Herzberg (Brown) def. Attwell/Gajic (BC) 8-4
Order of Finish: 3,2,1*
#1 - Alex Kelleher (BC) def. Misia Krasowski (Brown) 6-2, 6-0
#2 - Bianca Aboubakare (Brown) def. Katharine Attwell (BC) 6-3, 6-3
#3 - Cassandra Herzberg (Brown) def. Veronica Corning (BC) 6-2, 6-1
#4 - Katarina Gajic (BC) def. Julie Flanzer (Brown) 6-4, 6-2
#5 - Jessica Harrow (Brown) def. Olga Khmylev (BC) 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(4)
#6 - Ariel Caldwell (Brown) def. Haley Dixon (BC) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,6,3,2,4,5*
Pictured: Ariel Caldwell '14. Photo by DSPics.net.